The homer-happy White Sox left the Boston-Detroit road trip in the rear-view mirror with a dominant series against the once-troublesome Twins. The Sox outscored Minnesota 26-10 in the three-game sweep and smashed eight home runs--a sight for our sore eyes.
It was the middle of the lineup and some major help from the Cuban connection of Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo that did the bulk of the damage. Here are the numbers in the three-game set, won by the Sox, 7-4, 11-4 and 8-2 today:
Adam Dunn: 5 for 13, five runs scored, two home runs (his major league-leading 29th and 30th) and six runs batted in.
Paul Konerko: 8 for 11, three runs scored, a pair of homers and five RBIs.
Alex Rios: 4 for 12, five runs scored, two homers, five runs batted in.
Alexei Ramirez: 4 for 12, three runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.
Dayan Viciedo: 5 for 13, a home run (run scored) and six RBIs.
The Sox season offensive leaders are now as follows:
HR: Dunn, 30; Konerko, Rios, Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski with 16.
RBIs: Dunn 71, Rios 60, Viciedo and Pierzynski 50, Konerko 49, Ramirez 46.
Runs: Alejandro De Aza 65, Dunn 60, Rios 59.
Hits: Rios 115, Konerko 112, De Aza 107, Ramirez 99.
OPS: Konerko .940, Rios .886, Dunn .864, Kevin Youkilis .851, Pierzynski .847.
Sox Note of Note: In an effort not to ignore the Sox pitching, special kudos to Jake Peavy, who gave up just an earned run and six hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work this afternoon for his eighth victory.